Readers — Here’s the rub. Some schools in Texas are no longer allowing parents to walk their kids directly to their classrooms, as a result of Sandy Hook. On the one hand, that’s great! Since when do kids need to be hand-delivered like registered mail? One mom in this article by the Dallas Fort Worth CBS affiliate says of the new rules:
“They may have security, but I want to know where my kid is going at all times.”
Now she’ll learn that this level of supervision is not only unnecessary, it’s no longer even allowed.
On the other hand, the REASON for this new rule is just as over-the-top as parents who don’t think their kids can get to their classrooms safely without a parental body guard. Says a district spokesman:
“…being able to know who’s in the building, who’s in front, who’s deeper into the building, is very important in keeping our kids safe.”
It is? You mean to say kids were NOT safe when parents were dropping their kids off at the classroom?
The fact is: Kids are safe at school. Allowing or forbidding parents to enter the building does not seem to have played a role even in the rare and horrific event of a school shooting. Parents need to realize this. School districts need to realize this. We ALL need to realize this, and chill.
If you’d like to read about the safety of U.S. schools, here’s a report from NPR. It’s very reassuring. – L.